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Traits and Signs of an Empath

Updated on April 17, 2016

What an Empath is not!

1. Emotionally immature
2. Narcissistic, ego driven, self-centered
3. Unpredictable and unstable
4. Overly-dependent
5. Demanding, attention thirsty, and drama creating

Empathy is not the same as compassion. Empathy should not be used for personal gain or manipulation.

The 5 common Empath types

  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Animal
  • Global
  • Earth

Empath positives

  • Instinctively knowing the energy from people and places.
  • Using sensitivity to promote peace, understanding and healing.
  • Can easily manipulate energy

What is an Empath?

Everyone has empathy. We develop it naturally, usually around the age of two years, it is perfectly implanted by God. It's the ability to recognize and identify what other people are feeling, and respond accordingly and appropriately. Brain regions have scientifically shown where and how empathy functions in the brain, through MRI imaging. Empathy has both biological/genetic and spiritual aspects.

An Empath's ability to pick up others emotions, emotional states, energies, surroundings, even pain or suffering is heightened, above average. Also referred to as emotional hypersensitivity, or highly sensitive. Empathy is a true gift and hugely beneficial for relating to others and the universe as a whole. Empaths are often mislabeled as bi-polar, or manic depressive. Being an Empath is not a curse, although to many it can feel that way until they learn how to cope with all the stimuli they encounter. For an empath a seemingly regular day can be overwhelming. Subtle stimulants encountered on a daily basis can be over-stimulating. Energies associated with touch, sound, scent, light, activity, conversation etc. are often too quickly or deeply absorbed, resulting in mental confusion, emotional upset, and potentially causing physical discomfort. Being an Empath is part of your genetic make-up, there is no cure for it. If you are an Empath, it's simply "how you were made", it has been said the 1 in 20 people are Empaths, which shows it's a lot more common than one would think.

Traits and signs of an Empath or HSP (highly sensitive person)

  1. Knowing: Beyond intuition and gut feelings, Empath's just know things. The more you become in tune with your ability the stronger this trait can become. Empaths frequently experience déjà vu and synchronicities. Synchronicity- think of it as a wink from the cosmos! Scientists see a theoretical grounding for synchronicity in fractal geometry, quantum physics, and the chaos theory. Its been determined that the separation and or isolation of objects from one another is much more apparent than real; at deep levels, everything -- atoms, cells, molecules, people, plants, animals – are all participating in a sensitive, connective flowing network of information. Physicists have proven, as example, that if two photons are separated, no matter the distance, a change in one creates a simultaneous change in the other. Empaths are most likely to have had varying paranormal experiences throughout their lives as well. NDE's (Near death experiences) and or OBE's.
  2. Strangers unload emotion on you: An Empath can become a dumping ground for everyone else’s issues and problems, which, if they’re not careful can end up as their own. It is not uncommon for an Empath to be told an entire life story by perfect strangers in a matter of minutes. People, animals and children are drawn to Empaths like magnets. It's as if the Empath is a sudden sounding and solution board for other peoples issues, problems, or opinions. This is not simple casual conversation with strangers. This is a big one for me. When out and about, I am randomly bombarded with the chatter of other people. It does not take long for me to get a whole life story in a matter of minutes. It could all be symbolic but I wear certain stones placed in pendants when I go out and it seems to prevent this. When I forget to wear them, I pay the price of being emotionally drained. The two that work best for me are Labradorite and Smokey Quartz.
  3. Absorbing others emotions: Empath's have a unique ability to pick up others emotional energy and take it on as their own. They also can change the energy in a room with their own moods and charisma. This could manifest itself in the form of any range of emotion, just from being near them or thinking of them, distance is no issue here. It is possible for an Empath to even pick up on negative thoughts from another miles away. You could find yourself suddenly brought to tears, or in a fit of rage, without much explanation.
  4. Public places are overwhelming: Any place that has collected or contains to much energy can be a miserable place for an Empath. Because of their ability to absorb others energies, places like shopping malls, concert venues, grocery stores, traffic jams, hospitals, retirement homes, even thrift stores, garage sales and graveyards etc...can be unbearable. Ever notice that you can hike in the woods for miles and not be exhausted, but a trip to the grocery store can be unbearable?
  5. Truth: An Empath just "knows" when someone is being dishonest or telling a lie. insincerity, phoniness, or fake behavior is easily spotted. Many Empath's are constantly seeking and looking for truth and just behavior in those they associate with. This becomes more prevalent when an Empath discovers his/her gifts and birthright. Anything untruthful feels just plain wrong.
  6. Physical pain, suffering, or illness: Many Empath's are bombarded with mysterious illness's or pain that cannot be diagnosed by modern medicine. Being an Empath is draining. They are often fatigued, suffer from migraines, sore throats, aches and pains with no discernible cause. But the cause is clear, and it is from absorbing others energies, and until you learn to diffuse the energy you contain, these ailments will not resolve. Empath's can also develop physical pains and ailments from others (especially those they are very close to). And more specifically in their throats and root chakra, as well as solar plexus. This is why grounding, staying true to yourself and voicing yourself are very important.
  7. Worldly news, radio, TV, newspapers, violence, cruelty cannot be tolerated: The more attuned an Empath becomes the harder it will be for them to listen or hear this type of information. It can become so intolerable that they have to halt receiving this information altogether.
  8. Digestive disorders, neck and back pain are common: The solar plexus chakra is based in the center of the abdomen, and known as the seat of emotions. This is where Empaths feel incoming emotions of another, which can weaken the area and lead to stomach ulcers, IBS, constipation, eating disorders and lower back problems from being un-grounded. Most Empaths unaware of their ability commonly complain of these ailments.
  9. Addictive personalities: Alcohol and drug abuse is common for Empaths, by polluting the mind an Empath can block out and protect themselves from emotional energies they do not want to feel and absorb, in a sense "go numb", although this may feel good temporarily, it obviously causes a multitude of secondary problems. Additionally, substance attracts lower frequency energies, so it is especially important for Empaths to become addicted to sobriety, prayer, and God.
  10. Holistic, natural, herbal remedies and all things metaphysical naturally draw an Empaths attention: Empaths can be and often become natural healers (once they learn to use this trait properly) This may explain why so many Empaths are attracted to professions that involve healing; therapy, teaching, veterinarian work, psychiatry, and medicine. These are commonly chosen fields of work or study. However, you will also encounter those that wish to avoid these trades because of the overwhelming energies that can come from them.
  11. Creativity: Empaths are very creative: anything from music, drawing, painting, photography, acting, writing, singing and dancing to name a few are adored by Empath's. They have a gift for creating, paired with vivid imagination. Their interests are vast, varied and ever seeking and changing! You will flutter from one thing to another never feeling like you can possibly learn enough. You may notice your side of the bed, stacked with books? Or you have a never ending list of hobbies, or quest for knowledge.
  12. Need for solitude: Although it seems a contradiction (because of appearing extroverted), an Empath requires large amounts of downtime and solitude to shut out the world, process and rejuvenate. This is not to be confused with avoidance, depression, or something being "wrong". They simply need time to reflect and clear their minds. This is especially obvious in Empath children and is another reason many adult Empaths choose to remain single through their lifetimes. Empaths like to be alone. Being alone is not the same as being lonely for them. It is not uncommon for Empaths to remain single or childless throughout their lifetimes. And close relationships can be very challenging, unless respected boundaries are established.
  13. Empaths get bored and distracted easily: Work, school, and home life has to be kept interesting and stimulating, or they tune out and daydream.
  14. A love for nature and animals; Nature and the outdoors are especially important for Empaths to feel grounded, and to have peace. Water is especially helpful, and owning a pet is almost always essential for their happiness.
  15. Always looking for answers and knowledge: Empaths are often problem solvers, seekers of truth, and study many things. To have unanswered questions can be frustrating and they will endlessly search to find an explanation. If they have a "knowing" about something they will look for confirmation. The downside to this quality is information overload, and a brain that won't turn off and be quiet.
  16. Rooting for the underdog and underprivileged: Empaths are highly compassionate, anyone suffering, in emotional pain, handicapped, injured, or being bullied draws an Empaths attention.
  17. Cannot tolerate clutter: The immediate environment of an Empath is easily something they can control and is a reflection of their mental health. This is not to say they are OCD, but clutter is like mental weight for them, and blocks energy flow so they remove it. Their homes are simple and clean, and unnecessary clutter is promptly removed. You typically will not find an Empath hoarder.
  18. Cannot tolerate restrictive clothing or jewelry: Some Empaths may find that types of clothing textures, or jewelry can be to restrictive. They may feel uncomfortable, itchy, heavy, or just "not right". A lot of Empaths therefore may appear as "plain Jane's", or may prefer ONLY specific pieces of jewelry or clothing fabric, that they tend to wear all the time.
  19. Freedom, travel, adventure, and the road less traveled: Empaths are natural born free-spirits. Anything that takes away their freedom is crippling and even poisoning to their happiness. This includes routine, strict rules, and codependent relationships. It is not unusual for Empaths to have experienced many things in life, even if young, making them appear wise beyond their years and as if to have an "old soul". Many are born, and just skip childhood all-together, it is as if they were always an adult. Often many of their life experiences could be considered rather extreme, adventurous, or daring, allowing Empaths to be open and receptive to much more.
  20. Cannot tolerate narcissism: Overly egotistical people, or those that are self-centered and refuse to consider others points of view are intolerable and usually avoided as much as possible.
  21. Sensing the energy of food: Many Empaths don’t like to eat meat, seafood or poultry because they can feel the energy of the animal (especially if the animal suffered or was inhumanely treated before death), even if they like the taste. Weight issues can easily become a problem. There are also those HSP's that become over-weight, using food to dull their emotional sensitivity.
  22. Can come off as moody, aloof, or disconnected: Depending on how an Empath is feeling will depend on what face they show to the world. They can be prone to mood swings and when they've taken on too much negativity will appear quiet and unsociable, even miserable. When you feel this way, a good question to ask yourself is; what am I carrying right now? Is this emotion mine?
  23. Empaths detest doing things they don't enjoy: This is not to be confused with laziness, it's just that an Empath does not like to do or live in a way that feels like a "lie".
  24. The ability to feel time, days of the week/month, weather, or direction instinctively: It is not uncommon for an Empath to arrive at their destination without maps or directions, they can get there by "knowing", same thing goes for time, and days of the week or year. They are also extremely sensitive to climate changes.
  25. No antiques, vintage or second-hand: Some Empaths prefer to buy new when financially feasible, this is to avoid absorbing the energies from a previous owner. I personally do not have a problem with this trait, and almost prefer second-hand, mainly because these shopping locations are not typically overly populated, and I don't have a 6 figure income. I also find I become emotionally comforted by certain "used" items, but also repulsed by others. It just depends on the item.
  26. Great listeners: Empaths make great listeners another burden of to much socializing, despite their great listening skills , they can become over energized from others. They often only share their personal information with those extremely close or with those they trust. Empaths make great friends, but are crushed if the friendship is mistreated. Over time, they will become far more selective. Though they may have a large circle of friends and can blend in with just about any type of crowd or personality, they generally only have a few “close” friendships. Once those close relationships are established however, Empaths find a good exchange of love and respect. These relationships often last a lifetime.

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Signs of an imbalanced or sick Empath

  • Physical pain, stomach issues, headaches, as well as over or under eating are HUGE warning signs. Don't ignore these. These are signs of imbalance.
  • Feeling spaced out, confused and disconnected (sometimes for extended periods, days or weeks).
  • Being around toxic people and taking on their energy, causing wild mood swings.
  • Feeling like you’re swirling around and around with nowhere to call home (ungrounded). The mind can go to very dark places if allowed.
  • Preferring solitude (this can become extreme, wanting to always be alone, and avoid places and people). Downtime and rejuvenation are necessary and healthy for an Empath, but going into complete "avoidance" mode is not.
  • Feeling alone when you are in a crowded place, or feeling invisible to others.

You can cope!

Solutions and coping skills for living with Empath abilities

To avoid falling prey to mental over-load, drug addiction, depression, and a sense of disconnect, follow these simple suggestions for coping with being an Empath.

  • Stay creative, whatever that means for you. Sing, dance, draw, etc...
  • Learn to guard your OWN energy, this is VERY important. How can you do this? Breathe, and when you do focus on your breath, reminding yourself of what is yours, and what is not. Make a point to meditate on a regular basis, even if you can only commit to a few times a week. The key is staying consistent.
  • Use your voice (many Empaths lose track of who they are because of emotions they absorb). It's very easy for an Empath to become sick, and disconnected from the self, (reducing their ability to speak for themselves and maintain their sense of individuality and health).
  • Get outside! Go for walks, take hikes, admire and involve yourself with nature, lay in the sun, put your bare feet on the ground.
  • Use water! If possible get near an ocean ASAP! Water is a huge emotional cleanser and energy remover for an Empath, drink plenty of water. When you feel you are covered in emotional slime, take a shower, or do a detox bath. I've included my personal recipe to the right of this column. Use it often! You can also add 1-2 cups of sea salt to a bath and soak for 40 minutes, that will bring great relief.
  • Keep your Chakras open. Again this means speaking up for yourself, taking time for solitude, stay balanced with yoga, prayer and meditation. Give your worries and overwhelm to God.
  • Use stones and crystals. Smokey quartz is highly protective and grounding, as well as Labarodite, and Black Tourmaline (these are my personal favorites as my grounding has not been mastered). Although any object you determine is a talisman for you (the point is to change that tape in your head that begins to overwhelm, objects can help change attention), can be used. These can be found locally at Apothecary shops or online.
  • Avoid negativity and stress when possible, especially from people!!!
  • Limit time with TV's, news, electronics, and places that drain your energy. This also goes for people, some also referred to as "emotional vampires", keep them away.
  • When anxious, close your eyes, envision your Chakras and remind yourself of what is yours and what is not. This helps stay grounded. Use Chakra healing techniques.
  • Learn grounding, centering, and shielding.
  • Pray. Prayer is extremely healing, uplifting, and motivating. Pray often to Spirit/God. Pray with grace and gratitude.
  • Seek outside help from an energy practitioner or spiritual healer.
  • Find support groups, therapy, Churches (or whatever form of spiritual practice that works for you) as well as consider group fitness classes.
  • Try to look for at least one positive thing, EVERYDAY! Need ideas? Read this: emotional energy.

Embrace your ability

Above all, embrace your ability. People of all walks of life and animals and children are attracted to the warmth and genuine compassion of Empaths. Regardless of whether others are aware of one being empathic or not, people are drawn to them as a metal object is to a magnet!

After 35 years on this planet, I've finally started coming into my own with my Empathy and hypersensitivity and recently felt compelled to write this because of how unbearable things had become. For so long, I thought I was a sick co-dependent, which I am not. The journey has been long, confusing, and tedious, sometimes even sick and heart wrenching, but I wouldn't change myself for a second. And sometimes it is still very daunting to deal with. We are all unique souls on individual paths with individual lessons and purposes. I hope this article helps others who may or may not be aware of their ability. I hope the information will offer comfort and support and resources on how to deal with being highly sensitive. For so long, I thought of this as a curse, but am finally starting to look upon it as a blessing, and look forward to the path ahead.

© 2013 Rebecca


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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      What is an Empath? Traits, signs, solutions very interesting about the empath a useful and informative hub about this topic. I know of someone as an empath but I am not sure if I am may be a small part me I really enjoyed learning more about this kind person

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I enjoyed reading this.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting and thought provoking hub, Bishop55. Thanks for sharing the information about Empaths.

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      mathira 3 years ago from chennai

      Bishop, you have analyzed in detail the pros and cons of an Empath. Very interesting and informative hub.

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      Lanel 3 years ago

      What is the information you have on the spiritual healer/energy practitioner?

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      Lanel do you have a private email you can give me? I'll email it.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This was interesting. Although I wouldn't say I'm an Empath, I have a strong aversion to large crowds now because of the noise and people's lack of awareness of their body space. People are so big and they use their bodies and belongings carelessly, bumping into others and bustling about. Being disabled (but not visibly so -- I have balance and walking issues associated with MS), crowds of people can rush and push and it becomes really stressful. Crowds make me angry and miserable.

      I really enjoyed reading about this topic. Thanks for sharing your story. Stay well and connected to what matters.

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear about your aversion to crowds, but I know exactly what you mean. I have a hard time even being in stores, I go with lists get in and out ASAP, or shop online. I'd rather just avoid a lot at this point and not even deal with the stress it causes. It's horrible to say, but sometimes even being around my husband and kids makes me very stressed out. Not because they do anything, it's just that I can't handle all the energy even they put off. My sister (who I love more than the world) also does this. I sense her thoughts and moods and I have gotten emotionally sick from it. Again...nothing they do intentionally. I just need a lot of time alone.

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      anna sun 2 years ago

      i have learned to diffuse some of my empathy bc it was making me physcially feel insane... i still absorb ppls energies/emotions and 100% feel their pains but i can control how badly it affects me now... and that took many yrs to figure out how to do

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      SKS 2 years ago

      Yes, I find that I'm at a point where I'm ok getting into peoples emotions. I actually like bringing peace to their being/feelings. When I am around people and I sense their emotions overpowering my senses I say in a calm internal voice that I will not own your emotions. I will help give peace to your emotions but I will not own them. After that everything stays calm and people open up and sense the peaceful calmness. Being an empath and using your intuition to guide you is truly remarkable. You can have complete trust that you are always guided in the right direction.

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      LT 2 years ago

      I'm 48 years old, and it's like I've been living in the dark all of my life.

      I've been told too many times to count that I'm "too sensitive". I love to be alone. I study science and visit museums by myself. I cannot stand any sort of social gathering. Sometimes, people will pour out their life story to me and I've never been able to figure out why. If I work in a negative environment, I will become overwhelmed and intensely negative. I'm very creative and a design engineer by trade. I must be near the water, and I am an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. I suffer from depression and intestinal maladies that defy medical explanation.

      Wow! It's like these points describe my personality 100%, but I just never knew that there was a specific quality or capability associated with my heightened sensitivity.

      The light just came on...

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      Rebecca 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks for your comment. I obviously relate and it took me 30 yrs to "get" it. :)

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      sara 2 years ago

      I know I'm empathic, but I'm social just not that social. I hate loud crowds for long times and Ithe closer you are you me like my best friend, husband or any 4 of my kids, the more in tune I am. Thank you for this article. It really helps.

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      Mandi 2 years ago

      I'm having a hard time. When I read about empathy it seems to match up almost perfectly. But there are other places that stay narcissism is confused with being highly sensitive. Does anyone have good insight on Valid and distinctive differences.

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      Rebecca 2 years ago from USA

      Let me rephrase that. I think that empaths that don't come into full bloom with their abilities can sometimes use this trait to manipulate people. It's not difficult to do when you are tuned into others so easily. Evolved empaths won't act as narsisists, or eventually they grow out of it.

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      Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      This is a very interesting article. I am not an Empath, but do have the problem that people "latch" onto me and dump their whole life's stories on me. Even strangers in malls approach me out of the blue and tell me their problems! So, even tho I am not an Empath I can "emphasize" with you.

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      Raceme 2 years ago

      I've often wondered if my mystery ailments were the side effects of my strong empathetic abilities. Being around large groups or even small groups with high tensions (even if it's positive tension) often gives me severe migraines.

      I'm going to try some of these things you've suggested, and I really hope they'll work. Thank you so much for the insight and advice! It's very comforting to know I'm not an alone in this.

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      Natasha Keep 2 years ago from Kansas city, Kansas

      This hub was a wonderful read. It touched me because I always thought something was wrong with me.

      I felt like I was a bad friend when I needed time away to clear my head. I thought I had social anxiety before and also wondered about many of the other things you mentioned. I have some health issues and pain that this may just explain. Very enlightening and now that I know maybe like you said I can put the ability to good use instead of letting it constantly drain and confuse me.

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      Donna Wallace-Ruff 2 years ago

      Thank you so much Bishop, this article explains so much to me, I've been told before that I am an Empath, but never really understood what it meant, until now.

      I have always had the ability to heal from a young age, I remember finding injured birds and taking them home, thank goodness my mum understood me, and the next day or so, the bird would be flying around my bedroom, not all had a successful end.

      I am now a Reiki Master, however I enjoy my healing work, I do suffer from people moods, and also I feel their pain and together with my own pain (lower back mainly) can sometimes be overwhelming. I have already removed toxic people from my life as much as possible, and when I know someone is lying, I find it hard not to say something, but I manage to do so somehow.

      Again, thank you for taking the time out to do this article, and hopefully now I can stop feeling so drained all the time.

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is very interesting! I enjoyed learning more about this subject. I am sure this can be difficult at times. You explained this so well, I feel as though I have learned a lot by reading your hub.

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      Dusti 2 years ago

      Wow i finally understand what has been happening to me my entire life. Thank you for the post.

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      rainraven 2 years ago

      makes a lot of sense. But I find it helps to have someone like myself to talk to it about in person.

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      Gina Banins 2 years ago

      I resemble all of this, except I love and sell antiques. My big problem...I need solitude and sometimes just can't take any more people. I want to retreat.

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      Melissa Reese Etheridge 2 years ago from Tennessee, United States

      Thank you for such an interesting article. This is the first that I've heard of this.

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      Rebecca 2 years ago from USA

      Hi everyone! Thank you so much for the comments. I need to revise this article a bit, in my continued growth, I'm learning I have a few things wrong. Just as a suggestion...the book The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity by Carol A. Brown you all may find helpful! I sure have.

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      Foreverhooeful 2 years ago

      I am an empath...I still have problems not taking in all emotions...and your right I have stomach problems ....however I am as I was created. ...peace

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      Unique 2 U 2 years ago

      Fantastic information and articles


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      holly bentley 2 years ago

      My sister sent this hub to me..ive known that i was a bit different for many years..first and foremost..i must ask this question.. for im having a terrible time using my smart it true that my negative energy effects the way my phone fucntions????ive gone through many phones and learned sooo much from this hub.i have been going threw a horrible time for a long seems to me that im a sic 33 and i now think That since i never truly knew why ive been so depressed..emotional..withdrawn...and im now goin threw addiction recovery...i may now have the means to crawl out of this dark place ive been in..i want to so badly use this trait to the fullest..ive done nothing in my life..but make mistakes..ive always felt that i was meant to help others but the hardship of being empath and not knowing it my whole life has been an emotional struggle.. i truly wish i could get help from a person such as yourself to help me understand and become the person outside of this shell ive been in for sooo long...thank you so much for writing this column..

      Sincerely..holly b.

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      Rebecca 2 years ago from USA

      Hi Holly, I went through addiction recovery too. I'm over a year now. You can do this. My suggestion would be to surround yourself with as much positive as possible. People, music, shows, jokes, laughter. Someone taught me the healing power of prayer as well. I'm still learning about myself every day, as we all do. Hopefully you are in a recovery program and working steps, that helped me too. Don't beat yourself up, take baby steps always looking for the silver lining. :) Thank you for your comment.

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      holly bentley 2 years ago

      Bishop55, thank you for your response means a lot..more then you know.. i am in recovery for 2yrs..which helps a ex boyfriend used to lie to me all the time..i of course knew every time..but instead of owning up..he 'd still say he wasn't..even though i had all aspects always tore me up..relationships can be very draining for me...i would love to be able to ask you questions or just chat..thank you!

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      Rebecca 2 years ago from USA

      Hi Holly, you can message ThriveHappy on FB and I'll be able to find you. :)

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      Celina 23 months ago

      I've never really wrote online about my experience, but I really need some advice, and just like with everything else that is spiritual there aren't really any people around me who have similar experiences. They're religious, but they don't feel things to the extent that I do, or they just ignore it. I believe I am an Empath, I didn't use to, but now I've given in and realized that explains a lot about me.

      I don't know how to control it, I feel too much. It's the strangest feeling when I'll get so overwhelmed with anger or sadness, and I have no idea why I am feeling that way. I don't know how to separate myself from feelings and emotions of others. Especially with the world in general. The condition of the world literally hurts, I can feel the pain, my family and friends say that I have the "I want to help the world" thing about me, as much as I do, I don't want to constantly feel everything so much. I will feel a dying tree, and am overwhelmed by sickness and the dying aura, it's just so much to feel everything. I feel more negative things then positive, even though I work to even out both energies.

      To all the others out there who feel this, how do you control it? I mediate and do yoga and work on my chakras, all that, it doesn't help. In a way it just opens it up more, any advice?

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      Rebecca 23 months ago from USA

      Celina...are you on FB? find me at thrive happy on FB, we can talk more there. :)

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      Rebecca 23 months ago

      This article really hit home for me. My name is also Rebecca and I am 35 years old and I can relate completely. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      Dem 22 months ago

      This is a great article. Thank for the eye opening read.

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      TmcD 16 months ago

      Excellent article, I am in retail and since I hit around 35 I have been so emotionally drained, but it us not a physical job, customers will come in and make a beeline for me, next thing I know I'm hugging them after long conversations, everything in this article makes so much sense , what an enlightening read. Will start meditating asap. Thank you.

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      Brandyn 10 months ago

      So me but, I do not always keep a clean room, I guess it's just my time schedule and I am very grateful to this article now i know what I am and why

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      Sikestiffany 6 months ago

      I definitely think I am an empath.. but one thing that's throwing me is the clutter and the fact that I detest cleaning. I CANNOT stand a cluttered space.. but I also can't stand to clean. 9 times out of 10 the hatred of cleaning house wins out. So I end up feeling worse because of what everything looks like :[

      I want to say I am an empath, but I also feel like I must be imbalanced if I am one because I'm requiring a lot more alone time lately.

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      Nameless 2 months ago

      This article was scary. Well thought out. And very frightening.

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      Gaby 3 weeks ago

      Wow! This is probably the most detailed and interesting article regarding empaths I ever stumbled upon. Thank you so much!

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      Sandra chaves 3 weeks ago

      I am sinsitive type of impath

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